Baldwin School Simpson Center
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Project Category:Amphitheatres
Architect:Voith & Mactavish Architects
Location:Bryn Mawr, Pennsylvania
The arts have been integral to the Baldwin experience since the school's founding. Recently, the Arts Task Force, parent-led BRAVA and student-run Arts League have spotlighted both visual and performing arts. This focus will come to the forefront when the curtain rises on a new performing arts space and visual arts gallery: The Simpson Center for the Performing Arts in Honor of Lois Goutman.

Soon, the caliber of Baldwin's theatrical and musical productions will be matched by a first-class venue. The Grey Gym will be carefully renovated, and along with adjacent areas will comprise The Simpson Center. Materials salvaged from the beloved Cornelia Otis Skinner Dramatic Workshop will be incorporated into the design. The Simpson Center will feature a flexible stage area with new lighting and seating, dressing rooms, and a set construction workshop. The proposed hybrid seating system will allow for multiple configurations suited for an intimate piano recital, or a full scale theatrical performance for up to 225 spectators.  

In addition to the performance space, the center will include a spacious art gallery and arts courtyard. These settings will offer an opportunity for visual arts students to display their own work, or to experience work by established artists. The gallery and arts courtyard add another important dimension to the diversity and depth of Baldwin's arts curriculum.